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Flames burn Oilers with three-goal third period

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Ryan Dittrick -

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Flames burn Oilers with three-goal third period
Calgary Flames 5, Edmonton Oilers 3
Three Stars of the Game
Jarome Iginla
Jarome Iginla
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:26
Sam Gagner
Sam Gagner
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:01
Rene Bourque
Rene Bourque
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 17:44

The Calgary Flames scored three goals in the third period, including an empty-netter by Olli Jokinen to burn the Oilers 5-3 Saturday night at Rexall Place.

Lennart Petrell, Sam Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers, while Nikolai Khabibuiln stopped 27 shots in the loss.


Nationwide on Hockey Night in Canada, the Oilers started the game with a strong push to gain a decided territorial advantage early on. At 2:19, the orange and blue's fourth line dominated, cashing with a goal at 2:19 to go up 1-0. Darcy Hordichuk wound up and unleashed a bullet from the goal line; the puck pinballed in, as Lennart Petrell's midsection was used as a redirection point to beat the Flames netminder.

The Oilers' lead increased to a pair 41 seconds later when Sam Gagner collected a loose puck in the slot, snapping a long-range shot to beat a surprised Miikka Kiprusoff up high. With the marker, No. 89 snapped a 19-game goalless drought.

With Andy Sutton in the box serving a roughing minor, Calgary sliced the home side's lead. On the Flames' fourth shot, Olli Jokinen pounced on a loose puck near Nikolai Khabibulin, sliding his sixth goal of the season past the veteran 'tender to make it a 2-1 game at 3:49, 49 seconds later.

Just as quickly as the Oilers had established a 2-0 lead, the Flames squared the score. Rene Bourque collected a rebound in the low slot, diving and sliding the puck across the line behind Khabibulin at 6:45.

As the period's 10-minute mark passed, the Flames were in possession of a 10-4 lead on the shot clock; but within moments, the home side gained another excellent chance to score. Ryan Jones sprung Ryan Smyth on a breakaway, but No. 94's along-the-ice backhand attempt was routinely turned aside by the goalie.

Calgary's Lee Stempniak was charged with hooking at 14:50, putting the Oilers' 21.6-percent power-play to work. The home side was unable to generate a shot, much less a goal; but they got another chance moments later when Olli Jokinen was assessed a late-period hooking penalty.

That chance, too, passed without a shot as the 2-2 tie continued into the intermission. With 20 minutes in the books, the Flames held a 14-8 lead on the shot clock.


In continuing a trend that began in the opening period, Khabibulin had to come up big in the period's early moments. No save was bigger than his cross-crease denial of Jarome Iginla, who stepped into a wide-side one-timer that the 38-year-old blocked on the goal line with his right pad.

Waiver-wire pickup Blake Comeau was caught for closing his hand on the puck at 5:23, and a separate PP chance arose when Scott Hannan was charged with delay of game at 7:42, but neither opportunity could gain any traction as the 2-2 score carried into the period's back half.

Squandered power-plays continued to dominate the proceedings for the home side, as the league's best (home) man-advantage wasted another opportunity when Rene Bourque was assessed a hooking minor at 12:38. The Oilers were, however, able to climb closer on the shot clock as the Flames' lead was cut to a 20-16 edge.

As such, the power-play tables turned near the period's end when Sutton returned to the box to serve a high-sticking minor. Goaltending reigned supreme, as Khabibulin came up with a huge pad save to preserve the 2-2 score when he denied a one-timer.

With 40 minutes expired, the teams were still locked in a 2-2 tie; Calgary, meanwhile, had extended to a 27-18 lead on the shot clock.


At 5:27, the Oilers took the lead once more. On the rush, Jordan Eberle put a shot on goal where Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could pounce and collect the rebound. No. 93 made no mistake, depositing the puck past Kiprusoff and bringing the sold-out Rexall Place crowd into a craze.

Moments later, however, the Flames responded. Derek Smith walked into the Oilers' zone and sniped home his second of the season to pull the visitors even, 3-3.

With 11:23 on the clock, Ryan Smyth picked up a questionable roughing minor when he tapped the Flames netminder, causing him to crumble to the ice. Improving to 2-for-4 with the man-advantage, Iginla passed to Mikael Backlund in the slot; the sophomore redirected the puck through Khabibulin's wickets to put Calgary up 4-3 at 10:25.

With 3:46 to play, hard work by the home side helped draw a last-gasp power-play chance when Olli Jokinen was charged with slashing Sam Gagner. That opportunity passed without incident, but the Oilers went up a man once more with over a minute to play when Khabibulin was pulled for an extra-attacker.

Following an ill-advised neutral zone turnover by Ales Hemsky, Olli Jokinen cashed into the gaping cage to a seal a 5-3 win for the Flames.

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scoring summary
1st Period
Lennart Petrell (2) ASST: Darcy Hordichuk (1), Ryan O'Marra (1)
1 - 0 EDM
Sam Gagner (1) ASST: Ales Hemsky (8), Shawn Horcoff (13)
2 - 0 EDM
PPG - Olli Jokinen (6) ASST: Jarome Iginla (6), Rene Bourque (2)
2 - 1 EDM
Rene Bourque (8) ASST: Roman Horak (6), Blake Comeau (2)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
3rd Period
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (12) ASST: Jordan Eberle (18), Ladislav Smid (2)
3 - 2 EDM
Derek Smith (2) ASST: Jarome Iginla (7)
3 - 3 Tie
PPG - Mikael Backlund (1) ASST: Jarome Iginla (8), Derek Smith (2)
4 - 3 CGY
EN - Olli Jokinen (7) ASST: NONE
5 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
Andy Sutton  Roughing against  Lee Stempniak
Lee Stempniak  Hooking against  Ladislav Smid
Olli Jokinen  Hooking against  Ales Hemsky
2nd Period
Blake Comeau  Closing hand on puck
Scott Hannan  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Rene Bourque  Hooking against  Jeff Petry
Andy Sutton  Hi-sticking against  Curtis Glencross
3rd Period
Ryan Smyth  Roughing against  Miikka Kiprusoff
Olli Jokinen  Slashing against  Sam Gagner
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 31TOI: 58:20
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .871SH: 1 - 1